Alan Shearer claims Liverpool in 'dangerous position' and says trio could have summer 'doubts'

BBC pundit Alan Shearer.
BBC pundit Alan Shearer. -Credit:Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images for Premier League

If Jürgen Klopp can be considered the foundation, then Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold can be deemed as the pillars of the Liverpool football team. Alan Shearer, however, has stirred a hornet's nest by prophetically stating that these stars might falter when Klopp's formidable shadow is no longer cast over Anfield at the season's end.

The Reds squad is slowly proceeding toward accepting the impending reality of life post-Klopp. The German maestro will hang up his tracksuit as manager when this season draws to its finale, rounding off an immensely successful eight-and-a-half-year tenure highlighted by ornaments of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup triumphs decorating the Liverpool trophy cabinet.

Arne Slot is expected to be handed the colossal task of filling Klopp's shoes, but recent setbacks have bred a sense of uncertainty regarding the progressive path. Liverpool's surge hit a road bump as it managed only two wins from its last seven outings, leading to a demoralizing Europa League exit at the hands of Atalanta alongside losing pace in the title race, falling behind Manchester City and Arsenal.

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As we are nearing the twilight of an era, Shearer has sparked debate regarding the potential fate of Liverpool's transformative trio who have blossomed under Klopp's tutelage. "Salah, who was courted doggedly by Al Ittihad, the Saudi Arabian club, last summer, is about to enter the final year of his contract," he penned in a column for The Athletic.

"The same applies to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk and all three have been absolutely key, iconic, fantastic players under Klopp. I'm not privy to where negotiations stand, but it's a dangerous position for Liverpool to be in. Those players will want to plan. They have to look after themselves.

"Now put yourself back in their dressing room and look around again: how confident do you feel? How certain? At this level the very, very peak if you're 0.1 per cent off it, physically or mentally, it'll make a difference, particularly when you're going for a title against relentless teams like Manchester City and Arsenal. You can't afford any mistakes, any chinks in your armor."

From the perspective of the players, Shearer added: "In your quiet moments, you have the same doubts as anybody else. Who will the next manager be? Will Arne Slot fancy me? Am I still good enough? What happens next?"

Last weekend, Salah had a rather public disagreement with Klopp, arguing on the touchline before entering the game in the 2-2 draw at West Ham. Ahead of Sunday's match against Tottenham, Klopp dispelled the tension saying it is now water under the bridge.

He sidestepped a question about Salah's future at Anfield, responding: "It's not my subject anymore. I don't think I should speak about it, others will decide that, especially Mo. Those decisions will be made by other people." says: There is no reason for anyone to doubt what the future holds at Liverpool. Slot might not be a big name but he is the chosen person, and he will have to convince the players. But that shouldn't take long.

His style of play and charisma have become evident with all the tales from those who know him since he became the frontrunner for the job. Salah, Van Dijk and Alexander-Arnold are best off staying exactly where they are.